The surname Harrington, found extensively in Ireland and England, is of habitational origin. The name is derived from the town of Herrington in County Durham, in the north of England. The town of Herrington is possibly so named from an unattested Old English personal name H¯ra(from Old Enlish h¯ra ‘servant’) + -ing- denoting association + denu ‘woodland’, ‘pasture’.The name is first recorded in English documents in Durham in 1273. In Ireland Harrington is the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOireachtaigh and the name is mainly found in the southern province of Munster. Today there are more than 65,000 people with the family name Harrington living in The United States.
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